Phil LaMarche was a writing fellow in the Syracuse University Graduate Creative Writing Program and he was awarded the Ivan Klima Fellowship in Fiction in Prague. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Telegraph, Ninth Letter, and other journals. His short fiction has been included in the 2005 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories and Four Letter Word anthologies and his story "In the Tradition of My Family” has been made into a film by orLater Productions. His first novel, American Youth, was published in April 2007. He teaches creative writing at Syracuse University and lives with his wife in upstate New York.